Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the best-seller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award - also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, we're thrilled to introduce him to America.
The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.
So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead....yet.
©2011 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2011 Penguin
It's kind of a depressing , wierd story, so I would be very careful who I recommending it. better not be too squeamish.
I thought about the "Dragon Tattoo" books, because of the similsr sounding words, dark subject matter, etc, but it is totally different.
The narrator was effective because I was unaware of him, the story was the star.
Some people never forgive, or forget.
I liked the book very much.
Good, fun story with interesting and original characters. i hope to read more of Mork (spell?). Not as depressing as some Nordic writers. the only fault was the Danish accent assumed by the reader. If they are all conversing in Danish, why would they have an accent? The setting, names and places are enough to give the foreign flavor.
I had such a hard time getting past the quality of the recording. It sounded like there was and echo and it was recorded in a tunnel.
The little I did listen to was read with no flow, the accent was OK when he was speaking for the characters.
Better sound for sure
Like many Audible listeners, I was looking to find the next "Dragon Tattoo" series. "Lost Causes" isn't it. The story has no redeeming value. Keep the Audible credit, I wish I could get my TIME back. Believe the many people before me who labeled this as bad. They are right.
Spoiler alert: this book is driven by extensive descriptions of torture. I'm appalled it was ever published. And I'm against censorship. I'm not against good taste.
love to read, love to listen
The ending was pretty fantastic!
Yes, but...the accents were really weird and I'm not sure they were necessary. The characters sounded kind of goofy and it was hard to get past. I don't think Danes really sound that goofy when they speak English.
Yes. It was a pretty great story.
The bad guys were just as crazy as they come and what they did was horrible, yet the author made it seem believable.
Did not read the print version
Assad, the assistant to Carl Morck, is the real star. He has a mystery past that we will learn more about.
Authentic sounding accents and characters
The ambivalent ending re Merete and the revelation of her disabled brother's attachment to her.
Looking forward to the next translation and audiobook by Adler-Olsen
Way to real
The story line is just enough different to seperate it from other books of the same nature
The book would be just as good of a read. Davies does help with the forgien names. The plot can be confusing to follow with out a consistant voice for each charater.
The reality of what would be apt to happen after the ending.
A good book but if you are looking for a "feel good" ending instead of reality one might struggle with this story.
Have the narrator drop the phony accents. I found it distracting and annoying.
Maybe. It would depend on the narration. I would never listen to one that was directed and narrated like this one.
I'm tempted to say anyone, but Mr. Davies probably had poor direction. When he spoke without the accents, it was fine.
I have already recommended this book (audio and hard copy) to friends. It was a great story, had me hooked from the beginning.
I liked the main detective. He was seemed like a real person.
Loved the accents, I wouldn't have come up with them on my own.
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